NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, July 9, 2012 – Paige Atkins, vice president for cyber and information technology research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation in the National Capital Region, has been named to the board of directors for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International.
The board of directors serves as a governing body responsible for supervision, control, and direction of the association, including its committees, studies, and publications. In addition, the board determines policies and necessary policy changes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International.
Atkins will serve for two years and will be eligible for re-election at the end of that term.
“The board of directors performs a valuable role in the association’s infrastructure. Members from all parts of the communications, information technology, intelligence, and security communities represent government, industry, and academia. The directors are often a sounding board for new ideas and for advice on strategy and policy development, thus ensuring that we maintain our relevant leadership position in the community,” said Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International President and CEO Kent Schneider.
“Paige Atkins, a former senior executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency, and now a distinguished member of the university research community, is precisely the kind of experienced person we try to attract to our board,” Schneider said.
Atkins joined Virginia Tech in 2011, the same year she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in engineering administration from George Washington University.
The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation operates out of Blacksburg, Va. and at the new Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington. The corporation extends the impact of Virginia Tech's basic and scholarly research enterprise by identifying and solving complex problems commonly associated with applied research and development. The corporation seeks to develop innovative solutions to complex national challenges, drawing upon the extensive breadth of multidisciplinary skills found within Virginia Tech, the Virginia Technology Corridor, and the National Capital Region to establish cross-discipline teams capable of addressing the multiple issues associated with complex national challenges.